Why Stanley Hauerwas needs Blaise Pascal: Sin, anthropology, and Christian witness

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Eikelboom, Lexi. (2014). Why Stanley Hauerwas needs Blaise Pascal: Sin, anthropology, and Christian witness. Studies in Christian Ethics. 27(4), pp. 404 - 416. https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946814540739
AuthorsEikelboom, Lexi

This article investigates the similarities between the ethics and theology of Blaise Pascal and Stanley Hauerwas regarding natural law, original sin and witness, in order to support Pascal as an important thinker for Christian ethics. It argues that Pascal’s theological anthropology is an important contribution to Hauerwas’ ethics by elucidating less clear dimensions of his thought, such as how it is that witness ought to proceed and might be effective despite human sinfulness, and the relation between human corruption and a rejection of natural law. This also serves to support the argument that Pascal is an important figure for Christian ethics, despite being largely neglected.

Keywordstheological anthropology; Blaise Pascal; natural theology; sin; Stanley Hauerwas
JournalStudies in Christian Ethics
Journal citation27 (4), pp. 404 - 416
PublisherT&T Clark International
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946814540739
Page range404 - 416
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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